Lunch & Learn

Lunchtime programs start at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. beverages and a light dessert are provided. Bring your own lunch or purchase a soup and sandwich lunch ($7) by contacting the office at least four working days prior to the presentation.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, noon

Robert Midkiff“Diversifying the University.” with Robert Midkiff, associate provost, Bucknell University.

Addressing the issues that confront our nation and the world in the 21st century will require leadership, creativity, intellectual breadth and depth, persistence in the face of difficulty, the ability to work across multiple identities, and teamwork. At Bucknell, two programs seek to identify and nurture these qualities while diversifying the student body. This session explores Bucknell’s partnership with the Posse Foundation and our Community College Scholars program.

Thursday, Feb. 8, noon

James Goodale“The Reformation at 500, 1517-2017: Just How Modern Was Martin Luther?” with James Goodale, associate professor of history, Bucknell University.

The Reformation is normally viewed, and not altogether incorrectly, as a major event in the development of the modern world, along with the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution (in the West’s experience). But how “modern” was Luther himself, in regard to capitalism, science, political theory, the discovery of the New World ... even religion?

Tuesday, April 24, noon

Donna Ebenstein“Learning From Nature: Bioinspired Design” with Donna Ebenstein, associate professor of biomedical engineering, William C. and Gertrude B. Emmitt Memorial Chair in biomedical engineering, Bucknell University.

Did you ever wonder how a gecko can climb up walls? Or why barnacles don’t grow on sharks? Biomimetics, or bioinspiration, is the science of “mimicking nature,” or using nature as an inspiration for design. Many natural materials have structures or chemistry at the micro- or nano-meter scale that affect their overall physical properties. In this talk, Ebenstein will share some examples of how understanding relationships between structure and properties of natural materials at small length scales has led to the development of new materials.

Tea & Talk

Afternoon programs begin at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m. Teatime refreshments are provided free of charge, many thanks to Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village for this courtesy.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m.

Kat Lecky“Pocket Maps of the English Language” with Kat Lecky, assistant professor of English, Bucknell University.

How does changing the size of a map transform what it represents? Lecky’s presentation explores the way people in Renaissance England thought with maps…not ornate, collectors’ maps, but little prints that ordinary people carried in pockets. Cartographic playing cards and tiny atlases reveal a nation of the people, and these portable maps foster an imagery that paints England as a commonwealth. Lots of images highlight the talk.

Thursday, April 12, 3:30 p.m.

Marjorie Priceman“Picture This, Illustrating Children’s Books” with Marjorie Priceman, illustrator or author of 30 children’s books: two Caldecott Honor books and 10 Top Picture Books of the Year citations Children’s book author and illustrator.

Priceman will show examples of her work and talk about the process of creating a picture book.